Alice E. Race, former Fulton resident

OBITS-RaceAliceAlice E. Race, 78, of Lisbon, N.Y., died Thursday, April 11, 2013 at the Canton-Potsdam Hospital.

She was born Dec. 20, 1934 in Fulton, the daughter of Pearly C.and Mildred (Dubois) Sixberry.

Formerly of the Fulton, she moved to the North Country in 1970.

Surviving are a son, Robert Reynolds of Ogdensburg; two daughters, Susan Deuel and her husband, Warren, of Fulton, and Wendy Lewis and husband, Jim, of Syracuse; eight step-children; a brother, Vernon and Dolly Sixberry of Maine; a sister, Mildred Clark of Fulton; two step-sisters, Cara Flacker of North Syracuse and Robin Hanson of Central Square; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is also survived by her longtime companion “Polly.”

She was predeceased by her parents; step-mother, Susie Sixberry in 2008; step-fathers, Val Dubois and Francis Hicks; and her husbands, Fay A. Reynolds, Robert E. Guyette and Richard K. Race. Calling hours will be Tuesday, April 16 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lawrence Funeral Home, Canton.

A funeral will follow at 1:15 p.m. with Rev. Zack Working officiating. Burial will be in Morley Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley and Morley Wesleyan Church.

Carla Hewitt, Red Creek resident

OBITS-HewittCarlaCarla Hewitt, 57, of Red Creek, died suddenly Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at St. Joseph’s Hospital.

A native of California, she had resided in Sterling prior to Red Creek. She had worked at Welch Allyn, Inc. in Skaneateles Falls and as a waitress at Granny & Honey’s in Fair Haven.

Surviving are her children, Angela (Sam Simmons) Newman of Sterling and Ernest Roberts of Cato; four grandchildren, Kendra, Virgil, Eric and Ethan; sister, Lillian Libey of California; close friends, Marion and Russ Patchen; and nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, April 18 at Foster Funeral Home, 837 Cayuga Street, Hannibal with services immediately following.

Burial will be at Hannibal Village Cemetery in Hannibal.

Local fire departments receive grants for breathing equipment

by Andrew Henderson

The Cody, Granby Center, Minetto, Oswego, and Oswego Town fire departments will be receiving grants to purchase new breathing equipment, according to Congressman Dan Maffei.

The local fire departments will receive grants totaling $514,553 in Round 20 of the FY2012 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, which is administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The grants are designed to help firefighters and other first responders enhance their ability to protect the health and safety of the public and to obtain critically needed resources, personal protective equipment, firefighting and emergency vehicles, and training to improve the capability to respond to fires and emergencies of all types, said Maffei.

The grants will be used to purchase 121 new Self Contained Breathing Apparatuses. The new SCBA air packs will replace obsolete units, which are over 20 years old.

“This funding will help keep our local firefighters safe,” said Maffei.

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Hannibal softball team drops first two games of the season

by Rob Tetro

The Hannibal varsity softball team lost to Mercyhurst Prep and Westhill to begin the season. Mercyhurst Prep scored 11 runs during the first three innings of its game against Hannibal while cruising to an 18-0 win April 5.

Hannibal’s struggles continued when it faced Westhill April 9. Westhill scored 12 runs during the game’s first four innings en route to an 18-3 win over Hannibal.

The Lady Warriors had their hands full when they took Mercyhurst Prep. Mercyhurst Prep jumped out to an 11-0 lead during the first three innings of the game. Mercyhurst Prep added seven more runs during the fifth, sixth and seventh innings to cap off the 18-0 win.

Leading the way for Hannibal was Malania Scott and Adrienne Shortslef, who both had two hits. Hailey Dunsmoor, Tiffany Cook and Megan Norris. Dunsmoor, Cook and Norris each had a hit each for the Lady Warriors.

Adrienne Shortslef was the only Hannibal pitcher to see time on the mound. In seven innings of work, Shortslef struck out nine Mercyhurst Prep batters while giving up 18 runs on 25 hits.

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Volney school welcomes Greg Callen

Leading her team to a victory in a relay race was Volney Elementary School student Patricia Milner. Volney Elementary School capped of March as perseverance month with a special visit by a local man named Greg Callen. Callen shared his personal journey following a tragic accident and how his journey helped him establish Move Along Inc. The relay race gave students at the school an opportunity to experience being a member of an inclusionary relay race team.
Leading her team to a victory in a relay race was Volney Elementary School student Patricia Milner. Volney Elementary School capped of March as perseverance month with a special visit by a local man named Greg Callen.

Volney Elementary School recognized March as perseverance month and welcomed a special visit by a local man who knows exactly what it means to persevere.

Eight years ago, Greg Callen survived a tragic accident that left him paralyzed from the waist down and bound to a wheelchair. Today, he thrives as a business professional and commits much of his time to helping individuals of all ages with disabilities through his non-profit organization, Move Along Inc.

As Volney’s guest of honor at the school’s March character education assembly, Callen spoke to students about his journey and how a positive attitude and a commitment to persevere helped him overcome challenges and obstacles to achieve his goals.

An avid athlete with a passion for many sports, Callen shared with the students how in the face of adversity, he is still able to participate in the recreational activities he’d always enjoyed.

He demonstrated how he enjoys bicycling using a hand-cycle, how a customized wheelchair and a sled allow him to play basketball and ice hockey and how his organization, Move Along Inc., makes it possible for other individuals to be engaged in similar inclusionary recreational activities.

“Inclusion sports are for everyone. Winning or losing doesn’t matter. What you get out of a game is what matters most,” he said when he gave students at the school an opportunity to try the customized athletic equipment and be a member of an inclusionary relay race team.

He encouraged the students to face difficulties in their lives with the same principles that have helped him achieve his goals.

“Try to better yourself all of the time and remember we are all here to help one another,” he said.

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Fulton Community Theatre to present ‘The Fantasticks’

Donnie Williams and Marlina Beebe are featured as the moonlight struck young lovers Matt and Luisa in Fulton Community Theatre’s production of the classic musical “The Fantasticks.” The production runs weekends April 19 through 28 on the Jubilee Hall stage of Holy Trinity Parish, Fulton.
Donnie Williams and Marlina Beebe are featured as the moonlight struck young lovers Matt and Luisa in Fulton Community Theatre’s production of the classic musical “The Fantasticks.” The production runs weekends April 19 through 28 on the Jubilee Hall stage of Holy Trinity Parish, Fulton.

A timeless story of love lost and won will once again take to the stage as Fulton Community Theatre presents the musical “The Fantasticks.”

The production, FCT’s first full-stage musical since its return to active production in 2010, will play one weekends, April 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, and 28 on the Jubilee Hall stage of Holy Trinity Parish, 309 Buffalo St., Fulton.

Curtain times for the Friday and Saturday night performances are at 7:30 p.m. The two Sunday matinees will begin at 2 p.m. Tickets reservations may be made by calling FCT at 598-7840.

Debuting in 1960, “The Fantasticks,” with book and lyrics by Tom Jones and music by Harvey Schmidt, has been called “the world’s longest running musical.”

It features the songs, “Try to Remember,” “Soon It’s Gonna Rain,” and “They Were You” – all which have become popular standards.

The story centers on Matt and Luisa, two young lovers, and their meddling parents who contract with the mysterious El Gallo to ensure a happy ending. Life, however, is more than just a love song under the moonlight.

The eight member cast features Douglas McCall as El Gallo, Marlina Beebe as Luisa, Donnie Williams as Matt, Marguerite Beebe as Bellomy, Renee Fenske as Hucklebee, Brian Pringle as Henry, Stephfond Brunson as Mortimer, and Zoe Bolio as The Mute.

The production is directed by Kathleen DeGolyer with musical direction by Abel Searor.

For DeGolyer and FCT, “The Fantasticks” is a reunion with an old friend. The musical was featured in the theatre’s fifth season in 1994 with DeGolyer playing the role of Hucklebee.

“It is a piece that stays with you,” said DeGolyer. “I’ve wanted to reprise it for the last several years, and now because of the cooperation of the church and our sponsors the work we have put into our theatre space, we have come back around again.”

Hannibal baseball team defeats Solvay but loses to Westhill

by Rob Tetro

The Hannibal varsity baseball team split games against Solvay and Westhill to begin the 2013 season.

Hannibal scored three of its four runs during the first three innings of the game en route to a 4-0 win over Solvay April 6.

Westhill, however, proved to be superior than Solvay. Westhill scored four of its five runs during the second and third innings April 9 to come away with a 5-1 win over Hannibal.

The Warriors scored a run in each of the first three innings against Solvay. While keeping Solvay off the scoreboard, Hannibal added another run during the top of the sixth inning to cap off the 4-0 shutout.

Four different players got hits for the Warriors. Jake Shortslef, Billy Cook, Matt Wagner and Matt Bogawitch all had hits against Solvay.

Greg Pitcher earned the win on the mound for Hannibal. He struck out five batters while giving up only one hit in four innings of work.

Jake Shortslef relieved Pitcher. Shortslef struck out five Solvay batters while giving up only two hits in three innings of play.

The Warriors didn’t see the outcome they hoped for when they took on Westhill.

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Departing Florida

Leon Archer
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by Leon Archer

This past week has been a busy one for Sweet Thing and me as we prepared for our departure from the sunny south.

It is always a sort of bittersweet time for us, for as we look forward to seeing family and old friends, we are at the same time saying goodbye to another set of friends down here, several so old that it is quite likely we will never see them again in this world.

Our Florida home now looks the best that it has since we arrived escaping winter’s grip, but it has been a struggle.

Opening up and shutting down our winter residence is fraught with cleaning, packing or unpacking, and getting everything up and running, or turned off.

It doesn’t seem like much on the face of it, but as they say, “the devil is in the details.” The way I grumble and moan, he must not be far away.

Arriving is always easier than leaving, because the arrival stuff gets spread out over a much longer time with the most essential items getting taken care of first, while the less important ones have a habit of hanging over my head while I put them off in favor of fishing and relaxing.

Down here, I have learned the importance of the Spanish word manana, but unfortunately for me, it doesn’t work as well on departures as it does on arrivals, and some of those things I put off until tomorrow come home to roost with a vengeance.

I won’t bore you with a rendition of the things I’ve been doing for the last week and a half, but things are looking pretty good around the old southern hacienda, both inside and outside.

At this writing, I still have to cut back our bougainvillea which looks like it is trying to engulf our home with its flowery branches, and power washing the entire outside of our place to banish any mildew is a must.

I’ll clean out the gutters along the eaves, and then I have to stow away the power washer and ladder. That’s what I’m down to outside.

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